Dermalogica UltraCalming Skincare Range

Monday, June 01, 2015
As a blogger I love to try new products however skincare is a bit tricky for me on the whole as I do have sensitive skin generally and I do unfortunately have flareups on eczema on and around my eyes which makes trying new skincare a bit challenging. Although through blogging I have been lucky enough to find some fantastic skincare brands and products that work well with my sensitive, dry skin. 

I have tried a few dermalogica products before, about two/three years ago when my eczema was much worse and they didn't irritate my skin so I already had high hopes for these samples which were kindly sent by Pure Beauty. I think it's great that you can select samples of so many Dermalogica products on their site; I have three of each product. 

Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate: All of the samples I chose are from the UltraCalming range which I thought would be perfect for my sensitive skin. I have been using the samples of this serum for almost two weeks and I am really quite impressed. It is a very moisturising, smoothing serum that doesn't irritate my eczema and it leaves my skin SO smooth and plumped. It has a slight scent but it isn't very noticed or unpleasant. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5. 

Dermalogica UltraSmoothing Eye Serum: This is one of the samples that intrigued me the most as it is an unusual concept to me, I haven't heard of an eye serum before. The serum is quite oily feeling and it has a chemical/medical scent to it which is relatively strong. The serum does smooth and moisturise the area which is great before applying concealer however I hate the scent and it is a little heavy on my skin. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5. 

Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF 20: I have very fair skin and eczema can make certain areas of my skin look quite pink/red and spots/scarring can look very red too. I have tried redness reducing creams in the past which never work too well so I was interested to try this redness primer. The cream is green, which I imagine is for colour correction however it doesn't really seem to reduce the appearance of my redness noticeably. Although it does smooth the skin and provide a nice base for makeup. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5. 

Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair: This sample was one that I didn't pay much attention to, until I read the full description - it claims to interrupt inflammatory triggers, protect against environmental factors and minimise burning and itching so it sounds just perfect for my sensitive eczema prone skin! The product is supposed to be used as a moisturiser however due to the silicones (it clearly states that silicones, along with other ingredients, help to fortify the skins protective barrier) but it feels just like a makeup primer. Using a moisturiser that feels and applies like a silicone heavy makeup primer is very unusual but it does make my skin feel incredibly soft/smooth and my skin texture is instantly evened so it would make a fantastic base for makeup. If I were to buy this product, I would not buy it as a skincare product but as a moisturising and smoothing primer. Overall rating: ☆, 4/5. 

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser: In terms of skincare products I'm least loyal to cleansers, I'm always switching it up and I'm rarely impressed with them. Sadly this is the case here, the cleanser doesn't irritate my skin or strip it but it also doesn't lather and it feels odd to use - I can't explain it, it feels as though it's doing nothing at all. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5. 

Dermalogica UltraCalming Ultra Sensitive Skin Tint (SPF 30): I've been looking for a SPF suitable for my sensitive skin for a while as SPF is important for my virtually transparent skin! The tint is darker than my skin but when blended it is great; the tint applies and blends so easily. It doesn't have coverage but it really helps to mask and fill in pores to make them less visible. I wouldn't use this tint on it's own, I would either have to use concealer or foundation on top of this tint. Overall rating: ☆, 4/5.

Overall, a bit of a mixed bag but I do love the serum concentrate, barrier repair and the skin tint spf30 but the cleanser and eye concentrate are quite disappointing and I wouldn't recommend them from my experience of using these samples. 

Have you tried any products from Dermalogica? 


  1. Great post, love the honest reviews - I will have to try some of these out!

    Anika |

  2. I suffer from eczema and also find it hard trying products that actually work
    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. I've found some great brands since blogging for my dry and eczema prone skin such as Rodial, Nivea, Elemental Herbology, Dr Jackson and Lush x

  3. I've never tried anything from Dermalogica but heard lots of great things about their products. It's good that you had the opportunity to try sample sizes first. I think all skincare brands should make trial sizes available for everyone to purchase. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  4. The serum concentrate sounds great! I've never tried Dermalogica but I'm pretty sure I have some samples I need to dig out! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. I love the serum, I would definitely recommend trying their samples x

  5. I always hear good things about Dermalogica, but am still yet to try! I'll have to get some samples before hand. I love the star ratings though and the in depth review. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  6. I've never tried Dermalogica before but my skin can be sensitive so they seem like a good brand to use. I like the sound of the serum concentrate.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon


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